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It appears to be a common occurrence; Kerry Washington being photoshopped beyond recognition. Usually, the Scandal star stays mum about the altering of the face and often, lightening of the skin, but one recent photo has the 39-year-old speaking out on social media.

Washington graces the latest cover for ADWEEK in a stunning black and white striped gown while sitting crossed legged with poise and confidence. But at first, second and third glance, Washington doesn’t look like herself. So much so, it was worth addressing.

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The Confirmation actress took to Instagram to explain that although she was honored to be on the cover, she was “taken aback” by the altered image and that it “felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror.”

“So…You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It’s an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception,” she wrote. “I love ADWEEK. It’s a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I’ve long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover.”

She continued, “Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? And I don’t always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it’s a valuable conversation.
Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling.”

Washington further explained that although “I’m very proud of the article” there were a “few things we discussed in the interview that were left out. Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I’ve been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum.”

She concluded by thanking fans for “being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest.”

Read the full article here. 

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